Originally Posted by uoficowboy
I'm an engineer - I over analyze everything - it's what I'm paid to do! I haven't made these - but I have a bit of a pancake obsession (I make a different kind every week) so I'm pretty comfortable looking at a recipe and spotting oddities.
I've read about people beating the whites - but I've yet to have a chance to try it. Do you still mix in the yellows with the wet ingredients or do you leave those out entirely? Is the difference that noticeable?
I spent 12 years as Machine Design Engineer until my wife threatened to leave me because I was so A/R. I can feel your pain, but I have to say that is up to YOU to seek out professional help if you ever expect to fit into mainstream cooking. Unlike creative cooks who try to bend the "rules" of cooking and baking, you feel the need to make everything fit properly into its own little cubicle and not contaminate the other ingredients. If you continue down this path you will never experience the "WOW" factor that comes from stepping outside the box of conformity, and you'll forever be trapped with food that is somewhat boring (like a lot of engineers
). Yep, I can say it because I was there, and I'm so much happier since I broke free from the chains of conformity that Cleveland Engineering Institute put on me. Quit beating yourself up and just make the darn pancakes before we have to send in someone to take away your spatula.
Oh, I make this recipe with 2% milk, even though they don't specify what kind. I do this because I no longer care that they did not specify what kind, but mostly because that's what we keep in the fridge. The egg yolks go in with the other ingredients, and yes it makes a difference. Without the egg yolks the pancakes would be blah. And beat those whites intil they have nice peaks, then fold them into the batter.
This should drive you crazy (get a paper bag ready to breathe into); I dump everything into the mixer before turning it on, except for the egg whites. There is no distinction of wet or dry ingredients, and the doggone pancakes come out nice & fluffy every time.
OK, sit down and breathe into the bag. This is all part of the program to release you from the bondage of Engineerism and get you back into the mainstream of cooking. It's a form of shock therapy.
Enough from me. Time for one of our other therapists to step in.